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This session will focus on how universities are leveraging the cloud to address their unique technology needs, including curriculum delivery, enrollment systems and the rapid transformation of ...

This session will focus on how universities are leveraging the cloud to address their unique technology needs, including curriculum delivery, enrollment systems and the rapid transformation of education.

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  • Need scalable and resilient web presence <br /> On premises and failover site <br /> too cumbersome <br /> Inadequate performance <br /> Could AWS solve the problem? <br />
  • AWS wasn’t really on our radar <br /> Virtualization grew in our datacenter <br /> We had lots of hosted systems with mixed success <br /> We didn’t really know what to expect <br />
  • Revisiting Datacenter practices <br /> Take a do and review approach <br /> Adapt procedures, standards, and practices as a “Tax” to first wave of projects <br /> Identify technology and business issues in adopting AWS <br />

Running the Business of Education in the Cloud: How Central IT Leverages the Cloud - AWS Washington D.C. Symposium 2014  - Partner Presentation - Notre Dame Running the Business of Education in the Cloud: How Central IT Leverages the Cloud - AWS Washington D.C. Symposium 2014 - Partner Presentation - Notre Dame Presentation Transcript

  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Amazon AWS@ND Bob Winding rwinding@nd.edu Sharif Nijim snijim@nd.edu
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Catalyst
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Intro to AWS AWS builds CRM during our initial meeting!
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Moving www.nd.edu to AWS • Initial move/test took three days (10/2012) • Test results were great • Reduced complexity/cost • Site goes live 1/2013
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Success! • Normal and emergency operation simplified • Auto-scaling handles BCS Championship • CloudFront, better performance, lower cost • Pre-scale for stadium press release
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Nd.edu: What did it take?
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Nd.edu learning curve • Apex node nd.edu must be DNS A-Record • Local URL path dependencies need to be fixed • Sites coupled with campus needed to be relocated • Support for multi-AZ • CloudFront will require us to make design changes
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Now that we see the future… • Develop a plan for ND AWS governance • Roles, responsibilities, processes • Build out infrastructure – Domain, monitoring, logging, IP space, VPNs – Understand and test controls like security groups • Wow! The web migration is already legacy (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Classic)
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Governance and processes
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Learn by doing • Use projects to build AWS expertise – Conductor Content Management for Dept. websites – ModoLabs Kurogo – Mobile proxy – CAS/Shib/Directory/Domain – AAA – Server and Filesystem Backup
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Departmental website move • ~400 websites moved from leased equipment at colocation site to AWS • 3,676,266 views by 961,739 people per month
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Leveraging IaaS • Employ ElastiCache • Switched from MySQL server to RDS • Began process to enable scaling – Externalize data in Amazon Elastic Bloc Store … then … Simple Storaeg Service (S3) • Utilize sub-account to simplify sysadmin permissions and billing
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 The result
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 It may be faster, but now it’s half the cost 
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 AAA in the cloud • High Availability for off campus users • Auto failover with Route 53 • AWS-based domain controller and 389 Directory • Client Gateway VPN for Sync • PostgreSQL RDS
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Backup to S3 • Evaluating Panzura • Plan on migrating backups to S3 • 300 TB of Data, 10Gbps I2 Internet • Reduce on premise equipment at significant savings
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Issues and challenges • DNS • Automating everything • Organizing Security Groups and VPCs • Don’t simply re-cast the data center • Changing roles for sysadmins and engineers
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Culture shift • Optimizing for cost, it’s everyone's responsibility • “Think in AWS” • Engineer at the highest level of abstraction • Do you really have more control and security on- site? • What, if anything, really needs to be local? • Value isn’t linked to managing equipment
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Benefits for ND • “Stand on the shoulders of giants” • Eliminate over-provisioning • Revisit and streamline operations • Greater agility using a DevOps approach • DR/BC greatly simplified
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Manage the transition • Are three AZs really enough??? • What needs to be backed up, to where??? • Do we need a single panel multi-vendor Hybrid Cloud self-service portal? • One VPC or One Hundred VPCs? • Is vendor lock-in a problem??? • AWS is a platform, a toolset, not outsourcing
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Big wins • Reduced cost at the expense of higher performance • AWS makes the hard stuff easy – Multi-AZ, HA failover between on premises DC and AWS • Leverage AWS’s ongoing innovation • Ultimately, no project team wants to go back
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Our next steps • Expand projects, focus on broadening capability • Develop Strategy and Vision – Financial analysis, use cases, barriers to adoption, benefits of AWS, Risks, etc. • Move to a Cloud First model, based on experience and analysis
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014
  • AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Thank You Bob Winding rwinding@nd.edu Sharif Nijim snijim@nd.edu